Sheikh Saadi

Story 10 – The Morals Of Dervishes – Gulistaan-e-Sa.Adii

One asked the man who had lost his son:

‘O noble and intelligent old man!

As thou hast smelt the odour of his garment from Egypt

Why hast thou not seen him in the well of Canaan?’

He replied:

‘My state is that of leaping lightning.

One moment it appears and at another vanishes.

I am sometimes sitting in high heaven.

Sometimes I cannot see the back of my foot.

Were a dervish always to remain in that state

He would not care for the two worlds.’

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